Reishi Extract ( Ganoderma Lucidum L.)
Ganoderma lucidum is known as the "immortal mushroom" in China and has been used in oriental medicine for more than 2000 years.Ganoderma is mainly grown on decaying wood or tree stumps in the wild in coastal provinces of China.
In recent years, its active ingredients have become the subject of in-depth research, focusing on its obvious prevention or treatment of certain cancers, treatment of liver disease, HIV infection, acute or periodic herpes virus infections, hypertension, chronic bronchitis, allergies and asthma It is helpful and has the ability to regulate immune function.
1. Anti-cancer activity
Animal cancer research (for example: rat connective tissue cancer model) showed a 50% tumor regression rate after treatment with Ganoderma lucidum extract. Ganoderma lucidum extract is used by some Japanese surgeons to treat cancer patients, and its remarkable anti-tumor and immune stimulating effects have been noted in many cases. Polysaccharides isolated from Ganoderma lucidum and other medicinal mushrooms have been patented in Japan for use as immunomodulators in cancer treatment. It is used in combination with chemical or radiotherapy and shows the ability to reduce side effects, enhance the therapeutic effect, and is used to promote disease recovery.
2. Improve the immune system: (bronchitis, asthma, nasal allergy, herpes diseases and HIV infection)
Ganoderma lucidum extract can regulate many components of the immune system, some of which are believed to have obvious anti-tumor properties. In an experiment in China that included 2,000 cases, the use of concentrated Ganoderma products to treat elderly chronic bronchitis showed a good response. The study showed a success rate of more than 60%. After several months of treatment, the level of immunoglobulin A in the sputum has risen significantly. Immunoglobulin A is the main immunoglobulin found in the respiratory tract. It is generally deficient in nasal allergies, systemic lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. Ganoderma extract supplements have been shown to improve asthma and nasal allergy symptoms. The two important components of Ganoderma lucidum extract, oleic acid and cyclooctasulfide, have been shown to inhibit the release of histamine, which may be the reason why it is beneficial for asthma. At the same time, a special kind of Ganoderma lucidum extract called Glhw-02 Protein-bound polysaccharides have shown effective antiviral properties against simple viruses of type 1 and type 2 under laboratory conditions. A small-scale human experiment showed that Ganoderma lucidum extract "dramatically" reduced the pain of two patients with postherpetic neuralgia and the severe pain of the other two patients with herpes zoster infection (shingles, caused by the herpes virus).
3. Cardiovascular health: (hypertension and reducing platelet aggregation)
Two controlled human experiments have shown that Ganoderma lucidum extract can reduce hypertension to an extremely significant degree (systolic blood pressure and cardiac dilatation pressure), even for patients who have not responded to known antihypertensive drugs before. Animal experiments show that Ganoderma lucidum extract lowers blood pressure through its central inhibitory effect on sympathetic nerve activity, although this effect basically does not slow down the heart rate or cause a sedative effect. In a laboratory environment, Ganoderma lucidum extract has a mild to moderate effect of reducing platelet accumulation, which may help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease in the future. It has also been shown to increase endurance, blood flow into the brain and improve cell oxygenation. Similarly, it contributes to energy synthesis at the cellular level, which may improve cardiovascular health and is used to increase memory and intelligence in certain cultures, including successful use in studies of Alzheimer's patients.
4. Liver protection
Ganoderma is used as a prescription medicine in China for the treatment of chronic and acute hepatitis. A variety of polysaccharides in Ganoderma lucidum have strong anti-hepatotoxin properties. They show liver-protecting effects under chemically induced injuries in a laboratory environment, including protection against the highly toxic and lethal substance carbon tetrachloride.
5. Support the nervous system
Ganoderma has traditionally been recommended by Chinese and Japanese herbalists for insomnia due to its "sleep-promoting factors". Long-term use will result in a significant promotion of slow wave sleep. Ganoderma is used as a prescription medicine in China for many psychiatric and neurological problems, including muscle diseases, loss of appetite, and weakness after long-term illnesses.
6. Anti-allergic/anti-inflammatory effect
In the 1970s and 1980s, the anti-allergic effects of Ganoderma lucidum became the subject of ongoing research in China and Japan. Studies have shown that Ganoderma lucidum extract significantly inhibits all four types of allergic reactions, including positive effects on asthma and contact dermatitis. In 1990, scientists at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio found that Ganoderma can be effectively used to treat stiff neck, stiff shoulders, conjunctivitis (inflammation of the micromembrane lining the eyes and eyelids), bronchitis, rheumatism and Improve the immune system without obvious side effects.
Ganoderma's anti-inflammatory ability may be partly due to its free radical scavenging ability. Ganoderma lucidum extract significantly enhances the free radical scavenging ability of blood, especially against the significantly harmful hydroxyl free radicals. The hydroxyl radical scavenging ability of Ganoderma lucidum is so powerful that the scavenging effect of Ganoderma lucidum extract continues after being absorbed and metabolized.
The ancient Chinese medicine classic Shennong's Materia Medica records that Ganoderma can effectively enhance life energy, increase thinking ability and prevent forgetfulness. It can restore the body and intelligence, delay aging and enable humans to prolong life.